Elizabeth Anne Martins is a writer specializing in middle grade fiction. Her queried titles are The Dust Bunnies and You Are So Beautiful. Her published book is Reasons to Smile (Schiffer Publishing, 2016).
About The Dust Bunnies
In the dust-coated land of Lane County, Kansas in 1935, Lyla Bean has no one she can talk to. And she would really like to confide in someone about how much she misses her Mama. Pa is always busy setting traps for the pesky jackrabbits that keep invading their farm, her brother Jojo is either picking on her or perfecting his batting average, and school is a place where Lyla knows she’ll encounter her terrifying bully Carver.
When an orphaned baby jackrabbit named Dill arrives on her farm, Lyla finds the courage she needs to change her world for the better. Everyone is talking about migrating west to California, and Lyla begins to imagine this as the cure to her sadness.
But when Lyla finally gets her way, she ends up losing Dill and is put to the ultimate test of hope. With Dill on his own, he too must learn his own lessons on bravery and survival. Lyla and Dill soon find themselves caught up in the battle of the elements, as they learn about friendship and the miraculous power of hope. Will either of them make it to California, and will they ever see each again?
About You Are So Beautiful
Unity loves acting, television, and everything that comes along with the world of make-believe. Sometimes, her older sister Sabrina has to bring her back to reality. For example, Unity doesn’t always see that their parents fight and argue about money. Unity is happy with her world of imagination and being under the wing of Sabrina. The fact that Unity has Down syndrome doesn’t really phase her either. Sure, there are times when she feels invisible, and it’s hard when people can’t understand her. But for the most part, life is fine.
Then, Sabrina vanishes and doesn’t leave a clue to her whereabouts. Unity’s parents keep the mystery of Sabrina’s departure secret too. To make matters worse, Unity is about to start middle school. When Unity arrives at school, she becomes overwhelmingly aware of her differences. But a kind-hearted theater director introduces her to a world she never knew she needed, a world that might just save her and bring Sabrina home.
This story blends heart and humor to create a first-person narrated story of friendship, family, sisterhood, hope, self-identity, and confidence.
Reasons to Smile: Celebrating People with Down Syndrome is an anthology of short stories by and about people with Down syndrome.
About Reasons to Smile
This compilation of 56 encouraging and eye-opening short writings by a variety of authors across the globe celebrates the lives of people living with Down syndrome. Together with 56 inspiring “slice of life” photos, these candid true stories, including the renowned “Welcome to Holland,” provide inspiration and connection. Parents and families of children living with Down syndrome will discover a wealth of positivity and valuable guidance. Special education teachers, social workers, mental health professionals, and policy makers will find helpful information and insight from stories regarding behavioral health. And anyone who is looking to learn more about Down syndrome will discover a world full of possibilities they never knew existed.